Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Have you read our Istanbul correspondent's recent book? Click here for more. Lisa also has a new audio tour guide for Kadıköy Click here for more.

Need a home? Contact Buzura Aizezi at buzuraa@gmail.com


x0x Turkish News for the week ending 23 April 2022

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 23 April 2022]

Courtesy of Turkish Radio Hour, producer of the

TURKISH CULTURAL PROGRAM, every Saturday from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.

on KXSF:  kxsf.fm/ or FM 102.5 in San Francisco

You can also listen to us online:

DONATE to San Francisco Community Radio! Click >> HERE <<

Also tune to KKUP FM 91.5, Cupertino to hear the
ORIENT EXPRESS every Tuesday at 10 P.M.

Audio archives of our radio broadcasts are here: Arhives.org

Our website is at: www.TurkRadio.us

Ahmet Toprak is the editor-in-chief. Your broadcast host is Fuad Tokad.

If you wish to subscribe to the internet edition of this news, send a blank email to:


[To send a message to us please put the following code at the beginning of your subject "txuxrxk" AND remove the TurkC-L tag. Then use our turkradio at yahoo.com address. This is to prevent spam. Other e-mails may not be read.]

[Uzun İnternet adreslerini radyoda okumayın, şu duyuruyu yapın:
"Look at the news section of our website for more details. www.Turkradio.us".]



★ Turks in Turkey and abroad celebrated the April 23 Children's and Sovereignty Holiday. The holiday marks the opening of the Turkish assembly in Ankara in 1920, while the foreign powers were occupying the remaining parts of the crumbling Ottoman Empire.

  In the Turkish capital Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, surrounded by children, told them not to get corrupt should they assume authority one day, the daily Duvar reported.

  Analysts say that the administration of Mr. Erdoğan is one of the most corrupt in Turkish history.

  "Protect your family, friends, and school strongly. Use the opportunities of the technology but do not ever be its prisoner. Take what is taught to you at the school, but do not limit yourself to it. Life is the best teacher. Do not sever your connection to life," Erdoğan further said.

★ Writing for the Maple Institute, Hercules Millas said that Turkey's position is welcomed, appreciated, and even praised vis-à-vis the Russia Ukraine conflict.

  He also wrote that Turkey recently made a 180° turn trying to improve its relations with France, the U. S., and many neighboring countries. This is understandable, he points out, in this tense period in Europe.

  However, a closer look shares some shadows on this appreciation of Turkey, he adds. He writes that, when it comes to economic sanctions, Turkey is on the side of Russia. It supports Russia by establishing outlets for its products. Turkey also hosts and saves the yachts and the deposits of the oligarchs. Turkey has turned into a sanctuary for the supporters of Putin, Hercules Millas claims.

  Maple Institute describes itself as a Washington D.C.-based research and analysis center that features leading and prominent experts on Turkey.

  Hercules Millas is a Greek scholar born in Turkey in 1940. He won the Orhan Kemal Literature Prize in Turkey in 2020 with his book "The Family Cemetery." He first studied civil engineering. Then in 1998, he got a Ph.D. in political science from Ankara University in Turkey.

★ Writing in the Washington Examiner, John Bolton said that Turkish democracy reached a turning point. Here is a summary of his article:

  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's two-decade strongman rule has reversed his country's progress toward a liberal society. On April 6, the Turkish president secured the passing of new electoral laws that will make it more difficult for smaller parties to enter parliament, thereby inhibiting opposition coalitions and allowing him to use state resources to organize his campaign events. These changes will make it harder for opponents to challenge Erdoğan's tightening grip on the Turkish electoral system.

  As Erdoğan prepares to run for reelection in the coming year, one cannot overstate the importance of a vibrant and functioning Turkish civil society. And it could not be more at risk.

  The June 2023 elections will be a crucial test for pro-democracy voices in Turkey to rebuild their institutions.

  They face an uphill battle. Erdoğan's regime has curtailed media access, undermined an open campaign through bribery, intimidation, and violence, and is now seeking to obfuscate the voting process further through undemocratic reforms.

  The link to the full article is >> here <<

  John Robert Bolton, born 1948, is an American attorney, diplomat, Republican consultant, and political commentator. He served as the 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as the 27th United States National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019. He serves as an advisor for the Turkish Democracy Project.


★ According to the Turkish daily Duvar, the number of farmers in Turkey decreased by 13.2% to 493,000 in 2021, according to a report by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey.

  The employment breakdown by sector is as follows:
  • Manufacturing
  •  27.7%
  • Wholesale/Retail Trade
  •  15.6%
  • Construction
  •  9.2%
  • Services
  •  17.1 %
  • Education
  •  14.7%
  • Transportation and Storage
  •  9.9%

      The foundation also found that women made up 32% of total employment.

    ★ With the worldwide increase in energy prices and the devaluation of the Turkish lira, utility bills have become very high in Turkey. A new poll by MetroPoll found out recently that 20% of the Turks say they cannot pay their utility bills, reports the Turkish new site T 24. A further 60% say they struggle to pay.

      Only 24% said that they had no problem paying their utilities.

      The daily Duvar reports that power companies shut off electricity to 2.9 million users in Turkey last year. One million customers have their natural gas cut off.


    Edited by Saadet Ejder


    ★ Atatürk Cultural Center will host the NGO Contemporary Education – Art's concert on May 23, Faruk Şüyün of the daily Dünya reports. During the event, young musicians representing Turkey abroad will have performances.

      Turkish cello player Jamal Aliyev will be in the concert as a soloist. Aliyev will perform music from his new album Illusion for the first time. In this album, the artist uses Turkish instruments and western music together. He aims to introduce Turkish culture to the West and classical music to the East.

      Halit Ergenç also gives voluntary support to the project. He will attend the event and perform. Halit Ergenç is a Turkish actor who rose to fame as Sultan Suleiman I in the serialized drama "Magnificent Century." Millions around the world watched the drama.

      In addition, QNB Finansbank and many other companies sponsored the project. The income from the concert will support young musicians in their education.

    ★ Ukrainian and Russian artists came together at the "Recontact" exhibition in the Turkish capital Ankara. Fifty-two artists from eight countries participated and presented their works.

      The purpose of the exhibition is to draw attention to the unifying power of art. The artists expressed themselves through art for the pandemic, economic crisis, and war.

      Dr. Özge Gökbulut Özdemir, a Başkent University professor, curated the exhibition. In her opening speech, Dr. Özdemir expressed the honor of seeing many artists from different countries together.

      She also touched upon the World Art Day celebrated on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci and said that the exhibition is a gift from Turkey for this day to the world.

      Referring to the Turkish independence war hero and the first president Atatürk's phrase "Peace at home, peace in the world," she said, "We say no to war with art."

    ★ The 41st Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, just ended. 56 films competed in the festival this year, Orhun Atmış of the daily Cumhuriyet reports.

      The slogan of the festival was "41 years of the dream."

      The jury gave ten awards in the national competitions section and twelve in the international competitions. "Klondike" won the best film award at the national competitions.

      World-renowned director Gaspar Noé from Argentina also attended the festival. The jury selected him for the Best Film in the International Competition, and he received two awards. He also received a lot of attention from his fans in Istanbul.


    ★ A new movie titled "The Bağcılar" will be on screens on May 6, reports the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. Bayram Arslan, the director, aims to draw attention to young people who use drugs in his film.

      The subject of the movie is the mafia and street culture. The people living in Bağcılar, a district on the European side of Istanbul, also show great interest in this thriller.

      The cast of the film includes famous names such as Erkan Can, Ertan Saban, Selim Erdoğan and Su Polen.

      Hasan Sümer, Chairman of the Board of H&S Ambalaj, one of the project sponsors of the film, said that he could not remain indifferent to Bayram Arslan's excitement and that such films deserve support.

    ★ Postmodern Jukebox of New York will be in Istanbul on June 30, reports the daily Cumhuriyet. Beyond the time limit, Postmodern Jukebox invites music lovers to the crazy fun of the 80s.

      The band performs the hits of modern music in the classical styles of the past. Different guests accompany it at every concert. These guests are surprises, resulting in more audience excitement.

      Postmodern Jukebox has been getting a lot of attention on YouTube channels in the last ten years.

      The event will be in Turkcell Vadi with the organization of Piu Entertainment.


    ★ The cultural fair Heritage Istanbul will be between May 11-13 this year, Orhun Atmış of the daily Cumhuriyet reports.

      The fair aims to raise awareness about the cultural heritage in Turkey. It draws attention to the development of services and technologies produced with this awareness. There will be simultaneous conferences, talks, and workshops in 48 sessions with over 100 speakers.

      Osman Murat Akan made the opening speech at a press conference and said that interest in the fair grew every year. "Heritage Istanbul has become one of the most important cultural fairs of the world. It is in the top three in Europe ," he added.


    ★ Bettany Mary Hughes, a British historian, author, and broadcaster, and her crew filmed the Arslantepe Mound and Archaeology Museum in Turkey's southeastern province of Malatya. The filming is for a documentary. BBC and Channel 4 will show it in a series of programs called treasures of Turkey.

      The mound has a history of 7000 years, and it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

      The filming started on an early morning day, capturing the rising of the sun on the mound, the planes, and the Euphrates River. After filming there, Hughes and the crew filmed a cherry orchard.

      Then they traveled to Mount Nimrod in the nearby Urfa province. In addition, they visited the 11,500-year-old archaeological site Göbeklitepe and then Karahantepe.

      Located in the Germuş mountains of southeastern Anatolia, Göbeklitepe presents monumental round-oval and rectangular megalithic structures erected by hunter-gatherers in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic age between 9,600 and 8,200 BCE. People used These monuments probably in connection with rituals, most likely of a funerary nature. Distinctive T-shaped pillars are carved with images of wild animals, providing insight into the way of life and beliefs of people living in Upper Mesopotamia.

      After Göbeklitepe, Hughes will film Zeugma ancient city, and its mosaics from the excavations in Gaziantep.

    ★ The 12th international Turhan Selçuk Cartoon Competition organizers extended the application deadline to July 31. The municipality of the Aegean town of Milas is the organizer.

      The head of the selection jury is Dr. Yılmaz Büyükerşen, Eskişehir Mayor and a professor of art. In addition to cartoonists from Turkey, two cartoonists from Japan and Germany will be on the jury.

      The jury will meet online on August 18 and 19, and it will announce the winners on August 31. The Milas Municipality website and social media accounts will share the results.

      There will be an exhibition of winning cartoons and other notable ones at the Turhan Selçuk Cartoon Park between September 17 and October 1.

    ★ A set of unusual-looking vacation homes up on a hill in Turkey's Sivas province were buried in the snow earlier in April, presenting a surreal view, reports the daily Cumhuriyet.

      The architect of the homes took his inspiration from the hobbit films based on the 1937 novel of J.R.R. Tolkien.

      Even though the weather dipped to 22°, the guests enjoyed nature, the operator of the resort area said.

    ★ A new film featured at the Istanbul Film Festival caught the attention of the critics. It is about the migrant workers that headed to Germany some 60 years ago, Yazgülü Aldoğan of the daily Cumhuriyet reports.

      The film is "Love, [Deutsche] Mark, and Death." It debuted at the Berlin Film Festival and received the Audience Award.

      The film has archival images, interviews, and music from the Turks living in Germany. The director is Cem Kaya, the son of a family who emigrated to Germany also. Kaya still lives in Berlin.

      Kaya thought that a documentary story on emigration could be boring, so he put lots of music into the film. The music Turks listened to at their homes, weddings, and in their cars while going to Turkey for a holiday. The music reflects the sentiments of the Turks who were caught between two cultures and missed their homeland.

    ★ Pera film has started presenting online works selected by the artist, director, and curator John Akomfrah, a Ghanaian-descent British artist. It is part of Pera Film's project SENKRON. There are five films in the program dubbed "Memory Rooms" through April 30 on the Pera Museum website. Viewing the films is free of charge.

      One of the films is "Handsworth Songs." It deals with racial and communal strife in 1980s England. Another film, "The Nine Muses," tells about the migration of people to Britain from Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia to build Britain after the end of the second world war. The film "The Testament "focuses on communities after the end of the colonial era and the 1966 coup in Ghana. "Who Needs a Heart" is a film that describes "black power" in 1960s England through the life and times of "Michael X," a black power leader and a mixed group of friends and lovers.

    ★ Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir's Ayzeradant gallery is hosting an exhibition titled "Halicarnassus, Waters, Lands, and Roads."

      The exhibition wants to expose the pollution of the waters and land. It links stories and novels by renowned Turkish author Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, nicknamed the "Fishermen of Halicarnassus."

      Nihat Özdal is the curator, and Yekateryna Grygorenko is the assistant curator of the exhibition that has the works of 18 artists. It will be on through May 16.

    ★ BIFO, Borusan Art's Philharmonic orchestra, will have its concerts at the Zorlu PSM in Istanbul this season.

      In addition to a change in venue, the conductor also changed. The new conductor is Gergely Madaras.

      The orchestra had its first concert and accompanied pianist duo Ufuk ve Bahar Dördüncü. They performed San Francisco composer John Adams' "Grand Pianola." Then it accompanied cellist Efe Baltacıgil, performing Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's symphonic suite "pictures at an exhibition," arranged years later by French composer Maurice Ravel.

    ★ Ada Canata, a 17-year-old Turkish harpist, won a scholarship to complete her education at the Berklee College of Music in the U.S.

      Canata has been a student at the conservatory since age 10. She has won many foreign and Turkish awards throughout her education.

      In addition to playing the harp, she also plays the piano, viola, and accordion.


    ★ Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, who Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate dismissed in 2018 for singing in a rock band in his spare time, took his case to the European Court of human rights last week, reports the Turkish daily Duvar.

      Tüzer wants his job back as an imam.

      He first sought justice in the Turkish courts, later going up to the top court, but he could not convince them to rule to get him his job.

      Tüzer says that there have been other dismissals by the Religious Affairs for arbitrary reasons, such as attending the opening ceremony of an event organized by an opposition party.

      He said that if he had held concerts abroad, this would have changed the perception of Turkey and Islam "in a positive way." "They would have then said, 'It turns out music is not sinful in Islam," he said.

      Tüzer said that he would soon release a new song in the style of "hard rock." "I will come up with such a song that they will say, 'Now he has turned into a full rocker imam,'" he said.

    ★ An Istanbul court has sentenced Turkish-Dutch rapper Mehmet Önder Doğan, nicknamed Murda, to four years and two months in prison on charges of "inciting people to use drugs" in his songs.

      Authorities detained Murda last October at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçe Airport shortly after entering Turkey. They later released him from custody pending trial.

      Murda is not the first rapper blamed for "inciting drug use." In May 2018, Ezhel, whose real name is Sercan İpekçioğlu, was arrested for encouraging drug use in his song lyrics and video clips.

      His arrest had led to a social media campaign by supporters, with many users calling for his release using the hashtag "FreeEzhel." The court acquitted him in the first hearing in June 2018.


    ★ According to the daily Cumhuriyet, after the completion of restoration project, restorers will build a culture road at the ruins of the ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium. The ruins are in Turkey's Western Black Sea region and dubbed as the Black Sea Ephesus.

      This city was one of the oldest in the region in antiquity and his history goes back to 3400 years ago.

      It hosts an antique theater, ramparts, aqueducts, and a Roman bridge.

      10 archaeologists and 80 workers have been continually excavating this year. Currently they are digging at the middle section of the theater.

    EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 14.74

    High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
    Ankara, in central Turkey        : 79/54 Partly Cloudy
    Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 82/63 Mostly Sunny
    Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 70/37 Mostly Cloudy
    Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 73/52 Partly Cloudy
    Izmir, on the Aegean             : 81/57 Mostly Sunny
    Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 63/50 Partly Cloudy


    Edited by Ertuğrul Korkmaz


    Premier League

    * Results for week: 33
    Kayseri         -      Rize           1 - 1
    Trabzon         -      K.gümrük       1 - 1
    Hatay           -      Sivas          1 - 1
    Alanya          -      Antalya        1 - 3
    Altay           -      Başakşehir     1 - 1
    Fenerbahçe      -      Göztepe        2 - 0
    Konya           -      G. Antep       4 - 1
    Giresun         -      Beşiktaş       0 - 0
    Kasımpaşa       -      Adana          4 - 0
    G. Saray        -      Malatya        2 - 0
    * In games played so far this weekend:
    Rize            -      Fenerbahçe     0 - 6
    K.gümrük        -      Giresun        2 - 1
    G. Antep        -      Göztepe        1 - 1
    Adana           -      Trabzon        1 - 3
    Malatya         -      Konya          -
    Altay           -      G. Saray       -
    Başakşehir      -      Hatay          -
    Antalya         -      Kayseri        -
    Sivas           -      Alanya         -
    Beşiktaş        -      Kasımpaşa      -
    * Standing in the league as of week ending 33
     1 - Trabzon         73
     2 - Fenerbahçe      62
     3 - Konya           61
     4 - Başakşehir      54
     5 - Adana           52
     6 - Alanya          52
     7 - Beşiktaş        51
     8 - Antalya         50
     9 - Hatay           49
    10 - K.gümrük        47
    11 - Kasımpaşa       44
    12 - G. Saray        44
    13 - Sivas           42
    14 - Kayseri         42
    15 - G. Antep        41
    16 - Giresun         40
    17 - Altay           30
    18 - Rize            30
    19 - Göztepe         27
    20 - Malatya         20
    * In the Euroleague basketball competitions Turkey's Anadolu Efes will be playing in the finals against Italy's Milano on April 26.

    On April 21 play between the two teams Milano defeated Anadolu Efes 73 - 66. And in the previous game between the two, Anadolu Efes defeated Milano in Italy 48 to 64 on April 19.



    [Saat 14:30 and 15:30 'da iki kez okuyun]

    *** LaLe restaurant on Irving St. in San Francisco is giving our listeners 15% off! Call them at (415) 566-8814
    *** Van Ness Cafe Gyro in San Francisco, is giving our listeners 25% pandemic discount off! Call them at (415) 589-7900
    *** Alpiny Design is available for the design of your dream home, with designers with decades of experience. Call them at (408) 431-7987

    *** Turkish American Association of California

    is a non-profit
    charitable organization established to promote better
    understanding between Americans and Turks.

    if you have any questions about Turks and Turkey,
    e-mail them at taac@taaca.org


    *** Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California

    Organizes many events throughout the year. Follow their activities through their web pages, or subscribe to their e-mail list by sending an email to:



    Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California
    16400 Lark Ave., Suite 260
    Los Gatos, CA 95032

    *** Turkish Folk Dancing with TUFOD in the South Bay

    Join TUFOD as a family! For more information on the venue and hours drop us an email, we'll put you in touch with them: trh@turkradio.us

    Or visit their web pages at https://www.tufod.org/

    *** Heart to Heart Anatolia
    Providing scholarships and bringing people together while promoting Anatolian cultural values

    Visit their pages at h2ha.org/